Posted by: livingscripture | October 25, 2011

Thirtieth Tuesday of Ordinary Time

From the Word of the Day 

“What is the Kingdom of God like?  To what can I compare it?”

                                                                                                Luke 13: 18            

How should we live this Word 

The Kingdom of God is already present in the world.  Yesterday’s Gospel told us that whoever is bent under the weight of sin, can stand erect with God’s help.  Today, Jesus makes us see how the Kingdom is spreading in the world and in those who believe in Him.  The Kingdom roots itself and expands very simply, using what is small and humble but full of vital power.  Hidden in the ground and in the flour, the seed and the yeast grow and cause growth.  One becomes the tree that saves in the wood of the cross.  The other becomes bread to feed the world in the Eucharist.

 In fact, the Kingdom follows the same dynamics of Jesus’ life.  He died to give us the fruit of eternal life and remains always with us in the sacrament of the Eucharist.  Baptism introduces us into the Kingdom and is like the hidden yet active seed that gradually matures until it reaches its fullness in Christ.  The action of the Holy Spirit within each person leavens the world and becomes concrete in gestures, actions, projects of love, solidarity, and peace which mark a true Christian life.                                                  

Today in my pause for silent contemplation, I will reflect on my littleness aware of the vital force I have received in Baptism.  I must use this energy to make the Kingdom grow.


Lord Jesus, in this world that is so ready to acclaim what is showy and noisy; help me to appreciate Your hidden but dynamic love in our human reality.  Help me to bring to maturity Your plan of love for me and thus advance the Kingdom of Your love and peace.

The voice of René Voillaume, A Little Brother of Jesus


We need to adore, contemplate, pray, love, and offer ourselves to the immolation of the cross.  These are the obligatory terms for a coherent Christian love, doing all in our name and in the name of our sisters and brothers.  We must keep our gaze fixed on Him, be taken over completely by His love, inserted hiddenly so that our action be hidden in the world,  in the midst of the people who surround us.


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